The first wild lynx caught in Michigan in more than 40 years is now in Livingston County – but you won’t be able to see it.
The lynx was captured in Harbor Beach on Sunday. According to this story in the Detroit News, the Department of Natural Resources was notified by a farmer that a lynx was feeding on his domesticated geese. The DNR then worked with a local trapper to secure the animal, and after it was caught, it was transferred to the Wildlife Clinic at the Howell Nature Center, which provided this update on its Facebook page:
UPDATE: The Canada Lynx brought to us yesterday by the DNR is doing well under our care! Our goal at the Howell Nature Center is to offer the best possible outcome for animals brought to our Wildlife Clinic. According to a DNR representative, this is the first live lynx captured in the state in more than 40 years.
At this time, it has been determined that additional resources are needed to include a full physical and behavioral assessment. As such, this animal will be transferred to the Detroit Zoological Society later this week. It is not yet clear if the lynx is a released/escaped illegal pet or is in fact, truly wild. After the evaluation, a determination by the DNR will be made if it can be released back to the wild.
Please stay tuned for further updates! We are truly grateful to our supporters in order to provide immediate care on behalf of the wildlife in our community. Thanks for all of your comments and sharing this story!
(Per our state and federal permit regulations, wildlife in rehabilitation cannot be viewed by the public. This is to protect the animals under our care.)
The Canada lynx is one of four varieties of lynx. They’re primarily found from Canada to Alaska, but are also found in the Pacific Northwest.